Sabyasachi Bride! – 10 tips by the designer for the bride-beautiful

Sabyasachi Mukherjee is every bride’s dream. He is the wedding magician who can transform any bride into a queen with his unique approach to fashion. He can bring history alive with his old world charm of old gold and the lush of velvet. We bring you the top tips for the bride, by the designer himself.

1. If you have a pear-shaped body, make sure your petticoat is fitted at the hip and then flared at the bottom. This gives saris a little extra flare. Remember, the wider you get towards the feet, your hips look narrower visually.

2. The best way to work a red lipstick is by not wearing a red garment!

3. Shorter grooms should wear short, cropped sherwanis. If you are short, you need to have the right balance between your upper and lower body. The more your legs show, the taller you will look, so the sherwani should end above your knee for sure.

4. If you are not a big fan of bling, wear heavy silk saris. The thinner the silk, the shinier it gets. Choose an antique zari weave or antique embroidery on the sari, go simple with your hair, make-up and jewelry and you will look like a stunning matte bride.

5. Bridal looks in champagne need a strong mouth and eye. I would suggest a tone-on-tone look, so your jewellery should be polki, not colour. And if you still want a little bit of colour, put some flowers on your hair.

6. If you want to be an off-beat bride and choose a new-age colour like a mint, make sure you have no other sorbet colours on you, otherwise you will end up looking like a dripping ice cream!

7. High-waisted lehngas are a big trick. A woman is narrowest on her waist, so it’s very flattering. Secondly, the loose flesh doesn’t show when she is sitting. Thirdly, from high-waist to floor, it’s five inches extra so if you wear your lehnga with high heels, you can look super tall. And a high-waist flared lehnga completely obliterates the hip problem.

8. Go by the simple thumb rule when jewelry shopping. Antique heirlooms never go out of fashion. Pile on the kundan, polki and gold.

9. Shop for comfort. If you are not into Indian wear, don’t waste money buying 21 saris that will never see light of the day! Shop for silhouettes that you would wear more often. Invest in some designer wear.

10. A beautiful bride is one who is very organic. A bride who is aware that she is beautiful but is not obsessed about it. A good bride is one who has good behaviour, good skin and a good smile. A bride who is congenial to her brothers and sisters and believes in inclusive happiness and makes sure everyone around her also looks nice. The worst kind of bride is a bridezilla, who is on a paranoid trip that her siblings will outshine her at the wedding! I like brides who like to incorporate a little bit of her family memories, like an old textile or jewellery. I like a bride who does her own make-up, who doesn’t fuss about her hair… and I love a bride who, at the end of it all, gets drunk, high-fives her friends and says, ‘Now that the wedding is over, let’s party!’